I had no choice but to hit the stores and purchase a new router. I rarely, if ever, purchase computer gear at stores as I find the best deals online but this was a special case. I did a bit a research before hitting the stores. Given the short-lived lifespan of the Cisco-Linksys router, I decided to purchase another brand. I have always had good luck with Netgear equipment and I found a Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router at Walmart for $150.
The router was easy to setup and configure. While I've only been using the router for a few days, the following are my impressions:
- Easy to setup and configure
- Vertical design takes up less space
- Traffic meter function tracks Internet bandwidth usage
- Admin user interface is a bit less polished than my previous Cisco-Linksys, however, the interface is fully functional
- A bit pricey at $150
I'll be updating my review as I explore more features in particular - dual band (2.5/5Ghz) and ReadySHARE USB storage.